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IAFL Annual Meeting, Oslo, Norway

Event date: 03 Jun 2020

Where and When

Grand Hotel Oslo
Karl Johans Gate 31

Start: Wednesday 3rd June 2020 at 12:00 PM
End: Sunday 7th June 2020 at 2:00 PM

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Oslo, the capital city of Norway, is situated at the top of Oslofjord, enclosed by forests and mountains. As one of Europe’s fastest growing cities this decade, Oslo buzzes with energy whilst maintaining its refreshing closeness to nature and is packed full of iconic landmarks both inland and near or on the water. Home to many of the country’s most prestigious cultural institutions, first-rate opera, ballet and theatre performances can be enjoyed throughout the year, and art lovers can see famous works at the National Museum and the Munch Museum and browse through the city’s many galleries. Oslo’s restaurant scene is constantly evolving with new, diverse and innovative kitchens – many of them adding their own take on Norwegian ingredients and food traditions which has gained them international praise. In 2019, Oslo was named European Green Capital for its dedication to conserving natural areas and reducing pollution. This compact city centre is easy and safe to explore on foot or by bicycle, and the efficient public transport system makes it accessible without a car.

Meeting Hotel

The meeting will be held at the beautiful Grand Hotel Oslo. This historic luxury hotel is located in the centre of Oslo within easy reach of the key sights. It is best known as the venue for the annual Nobel Peace Prize banquet, and the prize winner stays in the Nobel Suite at the hotel. IAFL has reserved a number of rooms which can be booked until 20th April 2020 and are offered on a first come first served basis. The room rates are as follows: Single from NOK2800 and double from NOK3050 including breakfast, WiFi and all taxes (approx. US$324 & US$353 respectively). Cancellations can be made free of charge up until 7 days prior to arrival; after this time cancellations and no shows will incur a charge for one night. 

CLICK Here to reserve your hotel room 

Meeting Programme 

Tuesday 2nd June

  • IAFL will be hosting a pre-meeting Introduction to International Family Law Conference in Oslo. Although the target audience for the conference are non-Fellows from Denmark, Sweden, Finland & Norway, IAFL Fellows may wish to attend.

Wednesday 3rd June 

  • Orientation tour which will include a walk through the Vigeland Sculpture Park in Frogner Park
  • Evening Welcome Reception at Grand Hotel, Oslo

Thursday 4th June 

  • Morning: Education Programme for Lawyers. Activity for Accompanying Guests which may include a tour of the Opera House or Munch Museum
  • Afternoon: Visit to Holmenkollen, home to the world famous ski jump and ski museum
  • Evening: Dinner at a selection of Oslo restaurants

 Friday 5th June 

  • Morning: Education Programme for Lawyers. Activity for Accompanying Guests which may include a cooking class and market visit
  • Afternoon: Visit to Bygdøy’s Fram Museum with its 19th-century polar ship and Kon-Tiki Museum, dedicated to the life of adventurer Thor Heyerdahl
  • Evening: Dinner at a selection of Oslo restaurants

Saturday 6th June 

  • Morning:
    • IAFL Annual Meeting for all Fellows
    • IAFL Board of Governors Meeting
    • Audrey Ducroux Memorial Lecture for all Fellows, Lawyer Guests, and Accompanying Guests
  • Afternoon: An afternoon cruise on Oslofjord
  • Evening: President’s Dinner at The Bristol Hotel

Sunday 7th June 

  • Morning: Golf tournament

Click here to view Visit Oslo's 3 minute promotional video which we think will give you a taste of what a wonderful city Oslo is. It includes several elements of the social programme that we are planning.

Education Programme

The Education Programme is being led by Suzanne Kingston (England), Alice Meier Bourdeau (France), Else-Marie Merckoll (Norway) and Dr Kerstin Niethammer-Jürgens (Germany). An outline programme will be added as soon as it is available.

Sponsorship Opportunities

IAFL are truly grateful to our meeting sponsors who are helping to make the meeting and its activities accessible to International Family Lawyers from around the world:

  • Kolodny Law Group: Coffee Breaks
  • Rechtsanwaltskanzlei Dr. Alfred Kriegler: Entertainment at President's Dinner
  • Financial Research Associates: Thursday Happy Hour at Ling Ling
  • Siegel & Kaufman, PC: Photographer at The Welcome Reception
  • Sucherman Insalaco LLP: Speakers' Gifts
  • Schaffer Family Law, Ltd.: Pocket Programmes

We would very much welcome offers of sponsorship from Fellows, their firms or other firms wishing to develop a relationship with IAFL. All sponsors will be recognised on our website, in conference materials and during the course of the meeting, and would have the opportunity to distribute promotional material to delegates.

Click here to review the sponsorship opportunities available for Oslo

Please e-mail Ali Massey at if you are interested in sponsoring the meeting.



Pre and Post Meeting Travel

IAFL is not arranging pre or post meeting tours. Our Destination Management Company, 6.Sans, has made some suggestions that may be of interest for anyone who is planning to extend their stay in Norway. 6.Sans has also recommended visiting the website 'Norway in a nutshell', which will help you to 'experience the essence of Norway by travelling through the Norwegian fjords, mountains and valleys on Norway's most popular tours'.

Click here to view 6.Sans's Norway suggestions

Click here to visit the website 'Norway in a nutshell'

Further information

Registration will open in early February 2020. For further information please contact Ali Massey via


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